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, the republicans are trying to criticize the obama proposals by saying you're not cutting spending, you're not coming to us on entitlements, but it's falling flat. no one's really listening and the white house has controlled the debate that it's all about the upper 2%. the first thing in texas you do is shrink the size of government, wouldn't you? >> well, we did that. we faced a substantial budget shortfall. we have a constitutional amendment that requires us to have a balanced budget, which frankly america needs that. >> i don't know what would happen. >> most states have that. >> the states that are -- i would suggest to you the states that are doing better economically have a constitutional amendment that requires them to balance their budget. so, we had to deal with that in the early 2000s. and interestingly, it was the first time since the 19th century, since back about 1870, that there were all republicans, republican speaker, republican house, republican lieutenant governor, republican senate and myself, and we had run on the premise that we were going to treat government differ
in the band. obama first time around caved and his base never for gave him for extending the bush tax cuts when he said he wouldn't. >> maybe the republicans should be reconsidering the tough line that they drew back in july of 2011 because this is a situation where i think it was kennedy who always said don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. they were in a much better bargaining position then than they are how. that's when 3 to 1 was still on the table. >> you can't get through it house. >> yes, but the conversation has changed. and you hear republicans who have even changed. >> one guy, cole. ron johnson will tell you it has not moved. >> there are a lot of republicans signaling, yes, they think the highest income rate will go up. >> but if you can't get through the house -- a lot of people now that think and i heard it the other night that if you give the deductions now, that they'll just do rates next year. so you might as well give rates now. >> although maybe buffett was right when he talked to us yesterday and said you can have some sort of agreement that looks reasonable f
-- >> it included the extension of the payroll tax cut and the extended unemployment benefits, too. >> i don't like the way obama started here at all. i mean, there were two ways to start the negotiations. one was did you ever see into guys like haggle over something and one guy says a dollar and the other guy says 1,000. and that's where they seem to have started. he could have started at 500 and then the republicans could have said maybe 100. but he started this thing, he put his foot forward like you know what, i'm willing to play this to the bitter end. this wasn't a thing that said let's get it done quickly. he sent geithner over. he used geithner's political capital which i think was a mistake for geithner. >> he's leaving. >> but it's like using -- >> going back to goldman. >> where he started. >> where he cut his teeth. >> like using a pitcher because you don't care about his arm at the end of the season. so you threw him out there and you send him over with -- and you also let the republicans characterize the plan. which from a pr standpoint i don't think was that smart. so i think they bl
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